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The Threat 

YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.10d French: 6b+ Ewbanks: 21 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 21 British: E3 5b [details]
FA: Joe Herbst, Randall Grandstaff 1973.
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Submitted By: John Hegyes on Mar 1, 2007

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BETA PHOTO: The Threat

RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>


This is the crack on the immediate right of Hidden Falls. This route is water polished and gets pretty wet when the Falls are flowing.


One bolt at the start.


Hike left and scramble down the right side of Hidden Falls Wall or as per the standard Lower Tier descent.

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By david wilson
Jun 28, 2008

the start is super interesting. gave me a gobie to remember. it looks like it mellows out after the start, but looks are definitely deceiving here.
By Cunning Linguist
Jan 30, 2012

The bolt at the start has been replaced with a new 1/2 inch stainless bolt. Still tough, but lower chance of breaking the hanger when you get spit out of this.

Edit to add: I brought the big gear and sewed this one up.
By J. Thompson
From: denver, co
Apr 9, 2012
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

There is a bolted anchor on top of this. It's in a bad spot for the climb. I'm pretty sure it was placed by canyoneers as a rap anchor. But it does work to belay and rappel.

By Weston L
From: Summerlin, NV
Mar 31, 2013
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b

Handren guide calls for single rack to 5" - Didn't place anything bigger than a #3 on this bugger, if I even placed that.

Start is very interesting and much more difficult than it looks at first glance. Upper crack is very good and just fun jamming and movement. Single rack from small cams to 3" should do the trick...and I'm weak sauce and sewed most of it up.

Start is hard if you are short (I'm 5'7 for reference) and very slick for non-varnished sandstone.
By Aaron S
Jun 5, 2014

The start is really tough, much harder than, say, Brass Balls. It's really fun though and protects well.
By clint helander
From: anchorage, alaska
Jan 26, 2015

fuck that start
By cassondra long
Sep 2, 2017

As of now, there is no bolted anchor at the top of this route. There exists there now a canyoneering style anchor consisting of a piece of webbing girth hitched around a not so huge boulder. A single strap of webbing with a quicklink tied at the end extends towards the edge where the water runs.

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